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Red Dead Redemption 2 Guide: Which Edition to Buy?

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The Red Dead Redemption 2 release date is getting closer which means it’s a great time to start thinking about a pre-order and, in some cases, about buying an official guide book to help you through Rockstar’s Western epic.

We still don’t have the full picture, but Red Dead Redemption 2 will be a huge game with lots to do and lots to see. The game includes a single player story mode and a huge multiplayer mode that will likely share some things in common with Grand Theft Auto Online, the popular online mode from Rockstar’s GTA 5.

While some people love to go through massive games unassisted without maps, hints, and advice, some of you might need help tracking down a hidden bonus, finishing a mission, or help leveling up your character.

Once the game goes live, there will be plenty of places to find help, particularly online. However, online guides are often confusing and incomplete and they can take you away from the action for extended periods of time as you peruse the web on your phone or computer for the right source. This is where walkthroughs like the official Red Dead Redemption 2 guide come in handy.

Official guides typically deliver accessible, accurate, and great looking information about a game’s various quests, characters, and items and Rockstar’s cooking up something special for Red Dead Redemption 2.

The company is taking pre-orders for two official Red Dead Redemption 2 guides. One is a standard edition and the other, the Collector’s Edition, comes with some enticing extras.

In this guide to buying a guide, we’ll walk you through each option and help you decide which one is the best for you and your needs.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Guide Standard Edition

The base version of the Red Dead Redemption 2 strategy guide is the standard edition. This is the cheapest option at $25 without a deal.

The standard edition is paperback and according to Amazon it’s 336 pages. Within those pages is information about every mission, character and feature in Red Dead Redemption 2’s world. So whether you want back story about a specific character or detailed information about a weapon, it’s all there in one place.

The Standard Edition also comes with an at-a-glance walkthrough, a dedicated maps chapter, comprehensive reference sections, and an all-encompassing index to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

The standard edition is the guide most people should buy.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Guide Collector’s Edition

Rockstar and its retailer partners are also selling a Collector’s Edition guide that will appeal to fans of the Red Dead series and those that want something a little more elegant.

The Collector’s Edition is a little more expensive at $40 without a deal. Unlike the standard edition, the Collector’s version comes with a hardcover.

It’s also¬†printed on superior quality art paper and includes an exclusive character art gallery. Amazon lists it with 368 pages which means it has 32 more pages than the standard edition.

The only reason to buy this version is if you’re a huge fan of Red Dead Redemption, a collector, someone who genuinely cares about the look and feel of the paper, or someone who loves Rockstar’s art.

If you’re just looking to save yourself some time while you explore the game’s open world, you’re better off going with the cheaper version.

4 Reasons to Pre-Order Red Dead Redemption 2 & 5 Reasons to Wait

Pre-Order If You Want to Play ASAP

Pre-Order If You Want to Play ASAP

If you loved the first Red Dead Redemption and you know you'll want to jump into new one as soon as humanly possible, you might want to just get it over with and put in a pre-order right now. 

Many of you have been waiting seven plus years for a new Red Dead Redemption to arrive. While Red Dead Redemption 2 won't feature the exact same locations and characters as the first game, it will be set in the same world with tons of missions to complete, places to see, animals to hunt, and so on. It'll also include some familiar faces. 

Rockstar's long development cycles are hard to sit through, but the payoff is almost always worth it and there's a very good chance Red Dead Redemption 2 will be worth the long wait. 

The game will feature an extensive single-player campaign and it'll also feature a massive online component that will likely mirror Grand Theft Auto 5 Online. 

Red Dead Redemption 2's online mode is called Red Dead Online and Rockstar describes it as a "new online connected experience set against the backdrop of Red Dead Redemption 2's enormous open world."

If you think you might want to start ranking up your character and banking cash the second the Red Dead Online beta goes live this fall, think about putting in a pre-order. 

If you pre-order a digital copy you should be able to pre-load the game and start playing right at Midnight Eastern on release day.

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